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5 Names To Watch For The Vikings In Round 2

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 29, 2011 – 4:00 pm

Today’s been such a “Welcome to Minnesota Christian Ponder” day that it’s easy to forget there are 2 more rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft tonight. At this time, the Vikings have the 11th pick of the 2nd round (#43 overall) and no choice in the 3rd round.

The 2nd round begins at 5:00 p.m. CT, so we have some time to go over a few names to watch as the Vikings pick draws closer. The names are listed in alphabetical order. Let us know what you think the Vikings should do in Round 2.

DE Da’Quan Bowers, DL Jarvis Jenkins
I’m kind of cheating here by including two names in one entry, but both of these guys deserve a brief mention. Bowers was once thought to be the best player in this draft, but then concerns emerged about a knee injury that some believe could be degenerative. Yikes. That’s why he slid out of the 1st round. Think about it: a player once considered the best player in the class is still there in Round 2.

As for Jenkins, he measures in at 6-4, 310 pounds and is a bit of a tweener. He’s not a NT in the traditional sense, so he might be a good DT in the Vikings 4-3 scheme. But he’s also apparently not a player you’d keep in the game on obvious passing downs. Given that limitation, maybe the 2nd round is too early for him. But keep an eye on Jenkins, the Vikings might be.

DT Kenrick Ellis
A big, space-clogging DT out of Hampton, Ellis stands at 6-5, 346 pounds and would occupy one of two DT spots in the middle of the Vikings line. Scouts say he has excellent quickness for his size, a trait that made Pat Williams so effective for the Vikings over the last several seasons. With Pat Williams unlikely to return in 2011 and with Kevin Williams facing the possibility of a 4-game suspension to begin the season, DT became a position of need for the Vikings. I have confidence in Letroy Guion in this role, but there’s nothing wrong with adding a body like Ellis as developmental and potentially impactful run-stuffer.

DT Stephen Paea
Although he doesn’t have the same size, Paea (6-1, 303 pounds) can be just as effective on the interior of an NFL defensive line. He is also a DT, but I’m not sure he’d play the same DT spot as Ellis. Regardless, Paea made waves at the Combine when he put up an incredible 49 reps of the 225-pound bench. As you can guess, Paea’s strength is as a run-stuffer. He uses his hands well, as a good body for taking advantage of leverage and he’s active in pursuit. Paea is not a great pass rusher, so that’s an area of his game that needs improvement.

TE Kyle Rudolph
I thought Rudolph would go in the 1st round, but he fell out of the top 32 spots and now a team with a need for a pass-catcher might be in luck. The reason his stock isn’t higher at this point is because he missed much of the 2010 season with a hamstring injury. But he has excellent size (6-6, 259 pounds) and is fast. Run blocking is supposedly a weakness, but if you’re taking Rudolph you’re not taking him to block; you’re taking him to stretch the seam and score red zone TDs.

CB Aaron Williams
This is my favorite player still on the board. Williams stands at 6-0, 200 pounds and might some day be moved to safety. But that’s okay for the Vikings because they could use him at either spot eventually. Williams is known as an aggressive player who likes to come up in run support. He’s not a terrific player “on an island” in coverage, but he can play CB in the nickel and his physicality and willingness to play near the line of scrimmage might make him an effective safety in the NFL some day. He blocked 5 punts during his career and he ran a 4.56 time in the 40-yard dash.


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42 Responses to “5 Names To Watch For The Vikings In Round 2”

  1. By Dougie on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder???

  2. By randy on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe we can work on the offensive line to protect the new or any quarterback, and to help peAP

  3. By Csonka on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    You GOT to be kidding.

    Now we’ve got an injury-prone QB and an OL that can’t protect the QB. Even a room-temp IQ should be able to see we need a premium Center or Guard or both to strengthen our anemic O Line.

    If you can’t protect the QB the rest of your game is irrelevant……everything starts with protecting the QB.

  4. By lawson on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    BOWERS PLEASE

  5. By bert dorr on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    vikes need a monster DT like kenrick ellis…..hope they pick him up

  6. By bert dorr on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    the pick is in…

  7. By bert dorr on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    kyle rudolph TE from notre dame !!!!! you gota be kidding?? whats goin on here?

  8. By lawson on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    What’s wrong with that pick? We just got the best TE in the draft, chill out

  9. By J FRiLLA on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    lol..Dont even have a QB to throw him the ballll

  10. By bert dorr on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    one good play does not a good TE make..

  11. By purplehorn on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    So it’s Rudolph. I was sure we would chose a DL. or CB. Must have been a value player call.

  12. By VKing56 on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Great pick, this guy will be great

  13. By sandiamond on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ok offense done, no need to worry about a WR

    next 3 picks need to be DEF

    randy moss killing use here to 106

  14. By Jim on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    You need to look at the defensive stats before you flap your lips we are not bad on defense on offense we reek rudolph is a beast nice pick.

  15. By Jim on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    next should be o-line

  16. By Jim on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    We got the best tight end in this years class.

  17. By chris26 on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    get off the freakin offensive line. ONE BAD SEASON.

  18. By sandiamond on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Hope we can trade up and slide in around 88 in the 3 rd round

    I luv ahmad black fla SS

  19. By purplehorn on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I’m just guessing these guys have their sights on players at the end of the draft to fill position needs. Rudolph isn’t a bad pick. I’m just baffled by what I thought was the more pressing needs. The QB pick was good. I said so yesterday. Bowers must be hurt worse than people think. What if they are all wrong?

  20. By Chad on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    SERIOUSLY A TIGHT END?!?!? RAHIM MOORE IS SITTING RIGHT THERE AND WE IGNORE HIM TO GET A TIGHT END THAT WE DON’T NEED?!?!?!? WHAT ARE WE THINKING IN MINNESOTA? DO WE WANNA BE THE NEXT LIONS?

  21. By Jim on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Since we don’t have a 3rd rounder they grabbed rudolph a machine from a good program at notre dame we are drafting players from good programs finally.

  22. By lawson on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Rudolph is a great pick! Musgrave’s offense is going to require a lot of 2 TE looks, and with shanc & rudolph is going to be great!!!

  23. By sandiamond on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    another brilliant pick? ( covers wr )

    TE’s on the run here!

  24. By joshK on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Raheeme Moore

  25. By sandiamond on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    On defense we can reference Bowers and R. Moore 2 years down the road vs TE Rudy

  26. By David on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Kyle Rudolph was a good pick would like to see Jermale Hines slide to the Vikings next selection. Good safety that can play the run

  27. By colby wilken on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Where’s our impacting defensive linebacker?Leber’s gone!

  28. By Derik on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    good call on Rudolph!

  29. By sandiamond on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    yes david! next pick S either J.Hines or A. Black

  30. By sandiamond on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    How ironic! Mallet very last QB) going here at the pick we gave up

  31. By celticvikingwarrior on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    WE HAVE 3 TE’S IN THE LAST YEAR OF THEIR CONTRACT- THIS WAS A GREAT PICK. AND FOR “COLBY WILKEN”, ERIN HENDERSON WILL MOST LIKELY REPLACE LEBER AND PLAY NEXT TO HIS BROTHER–MALLET IS QUICKLY BECOMING THE TOM BRADY OF 2011- AS USUAL N.E. CAN TRADE DOWM FOR PICKS AT WILL, WHY CAN’T WE ? I’D HAVE TAKEN NATE SOLDER, MOVED MCKINNIE TO RT AND OUR RT TO RG RHUS IMPROVING 3 POSITIONS WITH ONE PICK. LOVE THE 2ND PICK–DOWLING. BULLETINl NE JUST PICKED MALLET, SO 3 OF THEIR 1ST FOUR PICKS ARE GUY’S I WANTED ON THE VIKES. THERE IS A REASON THEY ARE WHAT THEY ARE. P.S. TO tampavikingfan DON’T EVER QUESTION MY “HOMEWORK” AGAIN….BELICHEK DOES IT TO US AGAIN, LAST YEAR McCOURTY, THIS YEAR SOLDER , DOWLING, AND NOW MALLET….

  32. By Vernon on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    .. It just amazes me, how the Vikings front office brace could of Sinked the Teams teeth into great defense players that were available.. Nick Fairley or Prince Amukamura with the first pick and then they had the chance to draft Da’Quan Bowers or Rahim Moore with the Second rnd pick.. Those 2 sets of players would justicify waiting 1 more year to draft a QB.. Man heres to dreaming for a club that could of possibly sat with 3 D-linemen with double digit sacks! and a secondary that would be well improved, cough cough could you say this is what the Packers Bears and Lions have!!?? When we look back, 5 years from now, to this Draft class/group I sure hope the Front office realizes the Big misses.. regardless of how well Ponder/Rudolph pan out big time defensive players would make winning the North Division much much easier… Toast Cheers! Sol Vikings :(

  33. By Vernon on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    **Brass** correction.

  34. By guiliano on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    can we start the draft over PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????

  35. By lui on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    if you guys were really a vikings fan you will support every thing they are doing just have faith we staring fresh the vikings know what they are doing so sit back and relax and enjoy the show

  36. By tyler on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    ponder will be the best rookie QB

  37. By vikoholic on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikes have a fourth round pick, 2 fives, 2 sixes and 2 sevens and still a bunch of solid and/or interesting prospects. LET’S GO!!!
    A few guys worth looking at:
    -Clint Boling, Andrew Jackson, Zack Hurd (G)
    -Brandon Fusco (C)
    -Marcus Cannon, James Brewer, Lee Ziemba, Jason Pinkston (OT)
    -Ahmad Black, DeAndre McDaniel, Quinton Carter, Jeron Johnson, Shiloh Keo (S)
    -Rashad Carmichael, Brandon Burton, Kendric Burney (CB)
    -Pernell McPhee, Greg Romeus, Pierre Allen (DE)
    -Ian Williams (another addition to the “Williams-Wall”), Jerrell Powe, Lawrence Guy (DT)
    -Ross Homan, Colin McCarthy, Chris Carter (LB)
    -Ronald Johnson, Tondon Doss (WR)

  38. By vikoholic on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    A “tweaner” like Sam Acho worth a look too. (DE/LB)

  39. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    yep Acho and Beal both tweaners maybe available round 5

    two more cb’s to add: chris rucker/ MS and richard sherman/ Stan

  40. By vikoholic on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, good call Stan. Rucker and Sherman may be a bit raw but good size guys with some upside. Good athletes. Beal is another smart tough guy. Toss-up between him and Acho.

  41. By mdokk on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Doesn’t matter what qb or te we have. if the o-line can’t block anyone!

  42. By Jackqueline Maj on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Gracious blog post you have hereabouts. I hadn’t pondered aforementioned.

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